Lee Bye of Tuddenham Mill lends his support to Social Sunday

On the eve of our inaugural fundraising event in the East of England, Tuddenham Mill’s Chef Patron Lee Bye explains why he’s excited to join our cause.

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“I’ve worked in hospitality and catering most of my adult life, and I’ve loved every minute of it. Nowadays, I get to create and prepare amazing seasonal dishes as Chef Patron of Tuddenham Mill, and I consider myself very fortunate to be in this position.

Yet I also know the challenges this industry brings. The long, often antisocial hours, the fast paced and high-stress environment that is the kitchen, and the layoffs that happen for some, when the high-season finishes. Add into the mix Brexit uncertainty, and general economic worries, and you can see why, particularly for those at the lower level, who have not yet established themselves, the industry can seem difficult at times.

 We are about to launch a special discounted rate for hospitality and catering workers, so they can enjoy a stay in our beautiful boutique hotel at an affordable rate. We’re in a lovely part of the world, and as they say, nobody appreciates great food and service more than an off-duty hospitality worker. For people in often thankless roles in our industry, this is our way of saying thank you.

I sometimes think back to those early days when I was learning my trade as a chef under various gifted and brilliant individuals. Not only did I get to learn from the best, but at times I was supported and offered kindness by more experienced staff. In fact, wherever I’ve worked, there has always been an incredible sense of camaraderie. It’s something I’ve always remembered, and looked to ‘pay forward’ whenever I can.

Which is why, when I heard about Social Sunday fundraiser, I knew we had to be involved. We will be doing a special offer each Sunday in July this year, and a percentage of all proceeds will go to Hospitality Action. And we will be doing as much as we can to raise the profile of this great event in the local area. We hope to continue to support this yearly event, ensuring we will be doing our bit to support this great charity.”

it's super-star supporters like Lee that make HA tick. By fundraising to support us and being such a vocal advocate of how we help, Lee is doing a fantastic job to raise awareness of what we do. If you want to be part of Social Sunday, hit the contact us button above.

Jeremy Gibson